Windstar Cruises Announces Two New All-Suite Yachts Launching in 2025 & 2026

Windstar Cruises has announced that two new motor yachts, Star Seeker and Star Explorer, will be joining the fleet in 2025 and 2026.

windstar cruises new motor yachts rendering

Windstar Cruises has announced plans to expand its fleet with the addition of two all-suite motor yachts, Star Seeker and Star Explorer. The first of the two, Star Seeker, is currently being constructed in the WestSEA shipyard. It’s expected to be delivered in December 2025, followed by Star Explorer in December 2026.

“Our goal was to ensure these ships are unmistakably Windstar, and a significant amount of effort has gone into achieving this,” said Windstar Cruises’ President Christopher Prelog. “We are thrilled for this expansion, building on the success of our game-changing Star Class in small-ship cruising with guests and travel partners, while offering new experiences. This growth reflects the dedication of our incredible crew and team, allowing us to broaden our destination portfolio and even bring one of our Wind Class sail ships back to Tahiti.”

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(Rendering courtesy of Windstar Cruises)

Windstar Cruises’ New Motor Yachts

Each vessel will have 112 suites with full private balconies and infinity windows. Two new Owner’s Suites will be at the aft of the ship, featuring wrap-around balconies. With a capacity for 224 guests and a staff to guest radio of 1:2, the ships will maintain an intimate atmosphere with personalized service.

Guests will also enjoy access to several newly-added favorites, including Windstar’s iconic Watersports Platform with all-new staircase access and the cozy Yacht Club café and lounge. The vessels will also feature a two-story spa and fitness facility, a whirlpool on the bow, and a spacious open top deck.

As the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar’s commitment to exceptional cuisine will continue to be a priority for the guest experience. The reimagined main dining room, Amphora, will serve a variety of inventive dishes, including rotating items from James Beard Foundation-affiliated guest chefs. Al fresco dining will now be available at both Amphora and the Star Grill. A no-charge specialty restaurant and 24-hour room service will round out the four dining options.

Star Seeker and Star Explorer will both have ice-strengthened hulls, unlocking access to new destinations. They’re equipped with the latest technology in safety, propulsion, and navigation, including pump jet thrusters and forward-facing sonar. To minimize their environmental footprint and uphold the brand’s commitment to sustainability, the ships have tier III Nox rated Rolls Royce engines and can connect to shore power which minimizes port emissions.

windstar cruises new motor yachts rendering
(Rendering courtesy of Windstar Cruises)

The ships will also have advanced wastewater treatment systems that meet all global standards. Every aspect of their design reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to preserving the environment while providing unforgettable experiences to travelers.

Windstar Cruises’ fleet expansion will allow it to bring one of its Wind class ships, Wind Star, back to Tahiti, where it will join Star Breeze in 2027. With more than 36 years of experience operating cruises in French Polynesia, travelers will now have a choice between sailing among the islands on a Wind or Star class ship.

Full itineraries and booking details for Star Seeker will be announced in late June 2024.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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